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ITAR TASS: The head of the IPC believes that the Russian Paralympic athletes showed an amazing spirit at the Games-2018

18 March 2018

According to Andrew Parsons, it was very difficult for the Russian Paralympic athletes to perform in neutral status at the Games in Pyeongchang

Pyeongchang / South Korea /, 18 March. / TASS /. Russian athletes performing in the status of neutral paralympic athletes showed an amazing spirit in the hardest conditions for themselves at the Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. This opinion was expressed at the press briefing by the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Andrew Parsons.

"I think they showed an amazing spirit, it's really hard when you cannot represent your country, when you win a medal, but you cannot fulfill your national anthem, but of course it's a long story," Parsons said.

Also, the head of the IPC noted that during the Paralympic Games Russians did not have any conflict situations with anyone. "I think that in the circumstances they behave very well, but other countries behave well towards them." I asked our people in the village, they do not know about any problems or complaints from the delegation of neutral Paralympic athletes or in relation to them, it is a positive sign, it shows maturity, I am very pleased, "- added the president of the IPC.

The Paralympic Committee of Russia (RCC) is suspended from the memberships in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games, Russians performed under a neutral flag and in a reduced team’s composition. The Pyeongchang 2018-Games will end on March 18, the Paralympic Games closing ceremony will be held on Sunday.

In Pyeongchang, 30 Russian athletes compete and six guide-athletes compete for athletes with visual impairments. Russian athletes have won 24 medals at the moment (eight gold, 10 silver, six bronze) and take second place in the overall medal standings. The national team of the United States, represented by 68 athletes, has 35 medals (12-15-8), the third place won by Canadians (55 athletes), which won 25 medals (8-2-15).

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